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Niagara hosts Bemidji

Last weekend, the Niagara men's hockey team did its fair share of scoreboard watching.

While the Purple Eagles were splitting the series with Alabama-Huntsville, they kept an eye on what was happening in Pittsburgh between Bemidji State and Robert Morris.

The Beavers came away with one point after a loss and tie.

That left Niagara just two points behind the College Hockey America leaders and set up an intriguing showdown in the two-game series with Bemidji that begins at 7 tonight in Dwyer Arena.

"That kept us in contention for first place and gave us a chance to win another regular-season title and hang another banner," Niagara coach Dave Burkholder said. "This was a weekend that we've had circled on our calendar."

The teams have played four times this season, splitting the series, 2-2. Niagara has won three of its last four games with 17 points in CHA (8-3-1) and enjoys two games at hand over the Beavers, who enter the weekend with 19 points (9-4-1 CHA).

Niagara and Bemidji have been the class of the CHA. The Beavers have won three regular-season titles with two NCAA tournament bids while Niagara has three regular-season crowns and three NCAA bids.

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